Consumer Reports, RepairPal.com and AutoMD.com each provide estimates on auto mechanic labor for different vehicles. Some auto service companies such as Napa Auto Care also provide online estimator guides.
Online car repair estimators such as the ones at ConsumerReports.com or RepairPal.com ask for an individual's vehicle year, make, model and local ZIP code, followed by the type of repair or maintenance that is needed. A user can select from items such as brake parts replacements or handling issues with suspension and steering. The repair estimator shows an estimated price range for the services that the user selects.
Some repair estimators, such as AutoMD.com and RepairPal.com, provide suggestions on local repair shops near an individual's ZIP code. Where available, user ratings of each repair shop or mechanic are also shown to help a person decide what locations offer better services and deals on auto repairs and maintenance.